Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Poetry
Dreams that Cannot Die

About Longfellow Reads Longfellow
An Interview With Layne Longfellow

> History and Coincidence
> Music and Poetry
> About the Recordings
> Adaptation and Reaction
> Longfellow and the Listener
> A Dream That Would Not Die

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About History and Coincidence
Q: What motivated these recordings? Why did you do them?

A: I had been forced by injuries to retire from the high-octane world of corporate keynote speaking...

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About Music and Poetry
Q: To whom were you reading when it was just you and the microphone?

A: I was reading to Longfellow. I loved being alone with the poem...

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About the Recordings
Q: Tell me the difference between the two editions of the CD.

A: The Standard Edition gives the full experience of the poems themselves....

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About Adaptation and Reaction
Q: If you like Longfellow's poems so much, why didn't you read them as they were written?

A: Well, that's your big question, isn't it? And the answer is a paradox...

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About Longfellow and the Listener
Q: Why are people listening to a recording of 19th century poetry?

A: As an antidote to twenty-first-century hyperstimulation. The CD is calming, reflective, thought-provoking...

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About A Dream That Would Not Die
Q: Are you willing to say what forced your retirement?

A: "Life is what happens to us while we're making other plans," as the saying goes...

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